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An open letter to Bihar’s DNA salvor: Nitish Kumar

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

At a time when Bihar seems to be skirted with overarching promises of political stalwarts and the ensuing hullabaloo over the forthcoming assembly elections, the soul protector and guardian of the state – Nitish Kumar- seems to have inculcated a new penchant for his DNA. Being perturbed at Modi’s jibes cracking down upon the veracity of his DNA, which according to him has also irked his fellow brothers and sisters of Bihar (the citizenry), the maverick has decided to kick off a Shabdh Wapasi campaign, wherein people would be sending their DNA samples for verification and thereafter the samples would be sent to Mr. Prime Minister who would read into the probity of the samples keeping aside his duties as the de- facto head of the nation.

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Disclaimer: Although, I have taken reasonable measures to flesh out proper facts and reasoning which would wield rationality in the real term, I might end up spewing excerpts- essentially medical terminologies and definitions- that might befuddle the ones who till this date were nibbling on a facade, a facade which gives one the liberty to be terminologically color blind, wherein an individual finds it difficult to trace the difference between DNA and nativity- I am a son (Nitish Kumar) of Bihar. My DNA is similar as that of the people of Bihar. The company wouldn’t accept any loss or damage arising out of this open letter.
Dear Chief Minister,
You have been lauded for your prudence and judicious governance since you had been at the helm of affairs in Bihar. Statistical records by accredited agencies limn a positive picture of your state; however, with your sudden decision to forlorn your boon companion and palling with a renowned adversary has left your admirers awe struck.
Before taking a step ahead, I would like to apprise you of the technical meaning of the word DNA.
Adhering to the definition rendered by medical science, DNA or Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce. These instructions are found inside every cell and are passed down from parents to their children.
Considering the fact that DNA caters to a lineage which is strictly familial and doesn’t remotely cater to ones nativity, divulges the fallacy of the stand endorsed by you. Your Shabdh Wapasi campaign fails to wield rationality and the propensity of delivering something fruitful to the sate.
According to an Economic Times report, kidnapping which was nothing less than an industry during the RJD chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s rule, has soared up from 2693 cases in 2005 to 5570 cases in 2013. Besides that, The National Crime Records Bureau reported 3441 murders and 1128 rapes in the state in 2013, drawing a parallel with a situation prevalent during your initial years as the chief minister (2005). The reports also shed light upon the increasing caste violence pervading the state. Adhering to the report, caste violence has notched up to a whopping 6712 cases, accounting for around 17 per cent of the similar cases in the country.
Moving on to the next segment, I would like to share a snippet of the education sector that has been subjected to precarity for a considerable period of time. Despite your fervent attempts at consolidating education in the state, the lack of alacrity on the part of bureaucrats looking into the sector has turned your attempts topsy-turvy. Your state accounts for a meager share of 61.8 percent of the population being literate, as expounded by Planning Commission Census 2011.
Toeing your overt apathy for your Bihari brothers and sisters, I am sure you must be aware of your dear ones’ opinion on your credibility and work.
 “The chief minister had given us a free hand. The only thing he demanded was results…But, he began to compromise when he felt the pressure of the Lok Sabha elections,” ruminates a senior bureaucrat who worked with Nitish, as quoted in Times of India report.
“Pity on you, struggling to save CM chair, once fighting for PM chair”-  Santosh Singh on twitter.
“You need to run not walk from Bihar. Jokers like you are not required any more. You made Bihar Bekar” –  No Conversion #HDL, Twitter
Therefore, Mr. Kumar, I think you should dilute your austerity on the DNA jibe, despite being a gargantuan issue like poverty, mortality rate and illiteracy, you should also mull over petty issues like development and growth. Hopefully, your DNA would be salvaged from a lifetime scar as you are making relentless efforts to put forth a string of DNA samples before Mr. Prime Minister, considering your unadulterated DNA would ensure your triumph.
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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS